MRI Mapping Acupuncture Points

New research is popping up all the time on how acupuncture really works. I am constantly astounded by what I do. Why is it that a point on your foot helps with your eyes? Or a point on your leg helps with migraines or with shoulder pain? How did they know, 4000 years ago that these points would benefit a person in such specific ways?

Now that we have MRI technology, we are beginning to map out the effects of different therapies on different parts of the body and the brain. The brain has a very unique relationship to acupuncture, as different areas of the brain are effected by different acupuncture points. We can now perform acupuncture while a person is having an MRI done, and see the areas of the brain that are activated by the needles. The research shows that traditional acupuncture points light up these areas, but sham acupuncture points do not. This helps to rule out the placebo effect that is so commonly quoted by those who don’t believe in the therapy. The article below examines the findings on some of the acupuncture points that have been tested so far.

If you are not an acupuncturist, you might not completely follow what they are referring to, but it is still a really cool read when you connect the dots!

Here is an excerpt:

New MRI research concludes that needling acupuncture points causes specific brain patterns associated with the treatment of specific diseases. Investigators compared two acupuncture points on the foot with a nearby sham acupuncture point. They discovered that the true acupuncture points consistently elicited specific brain responses in regions associated with their Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) medical indications and functions for therapeutic effects. – See more at: http://www.healthcmi.com/acupuncturist-news-online/764-mrilr4st44#sthash.JXNq9bQo.dpuf

New MRI research concludes that needling acupuncture points causes specific brain patterns associated with the treatment of specific diseases. Investigators compared two acupuncture points on the foot with a nearby sham acupuncture point. They discovered that the true acupuncture points consistently elicited specific brain responses in regions associated with their Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) medical indications and functions for therapeutic effects. – See more at: http://www.healthcmi.com/acupuncturist-news-online/764-mrilr4st44#sthash.JXNq9bQo.dpuf

New MRI research concludes that needling acupuncture points causes specific brain patterns associated with the treatment of specific diseases. Investigators compared two acupuncture points on the foot with a nearby sham acupuncture point. They discovered that the true acupuncture points consistently elicited specific brain responses in regions associated with their Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) medical indications and functions for therapeutic effects. – See more at: http://www.healthcmi.com/acupuncturist-news-online/764-mrilr4st44#sthash.JXNq9bQo.dpuf

“New MRI research concludes that needling acupuncture points causes specific brain patterns associated with the treatment of specific diseases. Investigators compared two acupuncture points on the foot with a nearby sham acupuncture point. They discovered that the true acupuncture points consistently elicited specific brain responses in regions associated with their Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) medical indications and functions for therapeutic effects.’ – See more at HERE

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